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The most famous, infamous, and forgotten Marvel heroes who wanted to be President of the United States, from Captain America to a forgotten X-Man

Yes, Cap has been POTUS, but he's far from the only Marvel character to hold that ambition

Ultimate Comic Ultimates
Image credit: Michael Kormack/Marvel

If there’s one big story of 2024 in the United States, it’s the Presidential election. That’s entirely understandable, considering how important the leadership of the country is, and the stakes in this election in particular. (No matter which side of the political divide you’re on, that feels like something everyone agrees on.) Thankfully, those overwhelmed by the amount of political stories on the news can always look to their comic books to escape such things… Wait. Never mind.

If there’s a surprisingly frequent plot twist in Marvel’s superhero comic books, it’s heroes either trying, or succeeding, in attaining the office of the President of the United States. Maybe it’s the allure of the election year sales bump, or the fantasy of seeing a sincere good guy in the Oval Office, but it’s something that’s happened a surprising amount across the years — which means, of course, that we have more than enough options to remind you of which ones were the most successful in any number of ways.

This is the latest topic in Popverse's new weekly series Famous, Infamous, and Forgotten — a vigorous, opinionated, and intense look at one specific corner in the pop culture realm we inhabit to pick out the most famous version of it all, the most infamous version of it all, and the most forgotten version of it all.

Who is the greatest U.S. President in Marvel Comics history? And whose campaign ended in scandal? Keep reading and find out!

The famous U.S. Presidential Comic Book Candidate

Technically, the Steve Rogers of Earth-1610 didn’t actually run for President — but that didn’t mean that he didn’t win a Presidential election, anyway. (Maybe that’s the key to winning one of these damn things, at least when it comes to superheroes.) To be fair to the American electorate, the Ultimate Universe’s Captain America was a legitimate American hero who stepped up for everyone at a point where the United States was literally falling apart, with states seceding and the country headed towards civil war. Considering that he did so — even though it meant he was going against the government’s orders — during an election season, who could be forgiven for wanting to write-in a vote for the ultimate (no pun intended) unity candidate? (It happened in 2012’s Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #15, and he was sworn in the following issue.)

Of course, it couldn’t last; politics is a far dirtier, more combative beast than dealing with either alien invasions or World War II, it seems, and Cap resigned before the end of his first term, finding himself increasingly restricted as the Commander-in-Chief, and not an active soldier. He returned to battle, likely prompting no shortage of sighs of relief amongst White House staffers who wouldn’t have to deal with an actual living legend every day at work.

The infamous U.S. Presidential Comic Book Candidate

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Graeme McMillan

Graeme McMillan: Popverse Editor Graeme McMillan (he/him) has been writing about comics, culture, and comics culture on the internet for close to two decades at this point, which is terrifying to admit. He completely understands if you have problems understanding his accent.


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